The Lost Chapter

We became authors of ancient history this week when we wrote our own lost chapter to Odysseus’ story. After being washed up on a strange island, we used...


We became authors of ancient history this week when we wrote our own lost chapter to Odysseus’ story. After being washed up on a strange island, we used our imaginations to decide what the island was like and what inhabited it… A new adventure for Odysseus was thus created as he defeated the creature and returned home to Ithica! We also had the opportunity to paint our Greek pots, which we modelled from clay last week.

Maths was an introduction to rounding this week, including rounding to the nearest 10, 100 and 1000. Rounding numbers means adjusting the digits (up or down) to make rough calculations easier. The result will be an estimated answer rather than a precise one. A good way of explaining this is to use a number line. If the unit of the number is less than five, the number needs to be rounded down. If the unit of the number is 5 or above, the number needs to be rounded up. So, for example, 32 would be rounded down to 30, 35 would be rounded up to 40 and 38 would also be rounded up to 40:

When rounding to the nearest hundred, you round it up or down based on the digit in the tens column. Likewise, if rounding to the nearest thousand you look at the digits in the hundreds column to determine whether to round up or down. Our worksheets for the week can be found below:

Maths Worksheets Week 5

Next week:

  • English – Writing a poem about the Greek gods and their powers. Focusing on using similes.
  • Maths – Continuing with rounding and working with four digit numbers.
  • Guided Reading – Continuing with short stories about Greek mythology.
  • Topic – Developing our own Ancient Greek Olympic Games.
  • Science –Continuing with our learning of Greek philosophers. Next week: Archimedes!
  • PSHE – What is cyber bullying?
  • Handwriting – Our handwriting focus will be revising parallel ascender and descenders: bb, pp. Our spelling words are: bubble, scribble, appear, disappear. You can also practice adding the suffix ‘ing’ to words with a short vowel, e.g. ‘hop’, ‘tap’, ‘top’, ‘bop’, that require the consonant at the end to be doubled, e.g. ‘hopping’, ‘tapping’.

Key Information for Year 4:

  • Please make sure that children have appropriate clothing for the cold weather.  Our PE sessions are usually outside so children must have a change of shoes, long trousers and jumper to take part in the lesson.
  • P.E. for Amazon: Mondays and Wednesdays
  • P.E. for Nile: Tuesdays and Wednesdays
  • P.E. for Thames: Mondays and Thursdays
  • Reading books and reading records are given out on Tuesdays to be returned by the Friday of that week or the following week.
  • Purple Mash & Mathletics usernames and passwords are in your children’s reading records.
  • Children in KS2 are able to bring their own healthy snacks in for breaktime. Packaged snacks (e.g. YoYo Bears) are not permitted, nor are items containing nuts. We have a no nut policy in school. Snacks are not provided for children in KS2.